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Fei Mu (費穆)Spring in a Small Town (小城之春) (1948)

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Seen by many as the greatest Chinese film ever, Spring in a Small Town is different from other films of the era. In a time when most films were colored by the politics of the time, Spring in a Small Town is a story of a woman with a love dilemma.


This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: Fei Mu (費穆)
Production Company: Culture Film Company (文華影片公司)
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Keywords: China

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Reviewer: sciwriter - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 24, 2012
Subject: Excellent movie
I didn't need English subs to enjoy this even though I don't understand Chinese. The action was
sufficient & I had a Chinese girlfriend.

Reviewer: George Ho - - January 24, 2012
Subject: This film is still copyrighted under URAA
Uruguay Round Agreements Act still protects works that were not released in the United States within 30 days after first non-US publication. This film qualifies as copyrighted.

Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 12, 2010
Subject: Wonderful
This story got to me after downloading it and the subtitles. I've been in a very similar situation before long ago, but the story is basic.
The young couple’s marriage is falling apart because of her husbands illness and they rarely speak. Their home has been bombed out a few years prior in the war and the husband feels he's been a failure after losing so much and then an old friend of both comes for a visit and it turns out that the wife was once the friends lover and is still in love so she has to decide which man she will stay with. This movie might just have you in tears if you're the sentimental fool I am.
There is no political message here, but the deep rooted Chinese customs of loyalty and faithfulness are part of it's message.
Without the subtitles it's probably going to be of no interest to you, but if you have VLC installed it will read the subtitles very well.
You can download VLC free and it is cross platform so it will work with almost any operating system. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Just make sure your subtitles and movie files have the exact same file name by renaming one or both and place both in the same file folder.

Reviewer: Jeff Rutsch - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 25, 2008
Subject: Excellent
An extremely minimalistic love story. I was slightly reminded of Yasujiro Ozu's films, but really this movie is its own thing, there's no good comparison to be made, and that includes any comparison to other Chinese movies of the era. There seems to be allusions to China's post-war prospects, but they're vague, and really the melodrama and the music are at the center of the film.

I don't think this movie is for everyone, although I loved it. But those with any interest at all in art movies should give it a watch.

Reviewer: SpaceFan - - February 27, 2008
Subject: english subs
English subtitles file can be found here:

Reviewer: le big mac - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 26, 2008
Subject: masterpiece
i've seen the remake a few years ago, it's also good but lack the charm of the original. You need to understand chinese because there is a voice over telling us this simple but beautiful story.